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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch for the Volkswagen New Beetle, 2001

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch

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Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - Volkswagen New Beetle, 2001

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant Volkswagen New Beetle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.

Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Volkswagen New Beetle
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • etrailer.com includes all hardware needed for installation
    • Complete installation instructions are included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Drawbar sold separately - pin and clip included


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class I
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 2,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 200 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.



Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.


In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



24679 Draw-Tite Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver - Sportframe





Video of Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.



Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - Draw-Tite

Today, on our 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hardtop, we're going to install Part Number 24679. This is a Draw Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver, Class I, 1-1/4 inch. This is what the hitch looks like once installed on our Beetle. We'll take a closer look at it, you can see it does sit entirely below the bottom edge of the bumper. This has an 1-1/4 inch receiver hitch. It also uses a 1/2 inch, hinchpin hole. You've got 2 loops here for your safety chains for your trailer.

This hitch is ready for 2000 pounds total trailer weight, and 200 pounds ton weight which pulls down on the car. Used for attaching points, it used a tie down loop here, on the passenger side, and on the driver side, there is a tie down point where the muffler hanger is. Basically what happens is, the hitch gets stacked into the frame and the muffler bracket gets stacked on top of the hitch. Going forward on the hitch to this cross bar here, 2 holes have to be drilled into a trunk pan and then we can install our hardware. Next, we'll go ahead and give you some measurements that will help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 8 1/2 inches.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper, will be 4 1/2 inches. Now, we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First thing we need to do is go ahead and open the back catch, and we need to go ahead and remove the floor liner and remove the spare tire. We've got our spare tire out of the way, and that way when we drill a hole through the trunk panel, we don't have to worry about damaging the tire. Now, we need to go underneath the vehicle. The next thing we need to go ahead and remove the bolts for its hanger bracket for the exhaust. Bolt here, and here.

A socket we're using to remove the hardware for the exhaust bracket is a 13mm socket and extension. This section of the heat shield we have to bend up and out of the way to make room for a hitch. Mark it out here. It just makes things easier, I'm going to go to this fold, right here and then just go up to the bracket. I'll go ahead and cut it with some inaudible 00:02:20 make it a little easier to push up. At this point, we're ready to go ahead and put the hitch up in position.

A couple of notes, that the passenger side of the hitch will fit over the tow hook, right here. On the driver side, our hitch is going to sit on top of the exhaust bracket. Eventually, the hardware will go through the exhaust bracket to the hitch and into the frame. After you have it in position, it's a good idea to put a jack underneath to hold it up in place, while we install our hardware and then drill out our holes, which will be later on. Go ahead and hold it up with the jack and make it still loose enough where it can move around a little bit. Now, I'll go ahead and work up the hardware that I'll run through the exhaust bracket and through the hitch, and into the frame. It's a new small metric bolt. It will get a new lock washer and get 2 flat washers. We'll use our same tools as before. Use a piece of thumb on the inside to help grip the bolt and we'll push it into place. We've got one in there and we'll install the second bolt with the same hardware. We don't have it tightened down, we just have it loose as possible and still hold in shape. Now, we'll go to the passenger side and install the hardware there. Make sure the hitch is pushed in all the way. We'll go ahead and work our bolt in from the top down. It uses a long 1/2 inch carriage bolt. There's not much room to work it in there, so, it probably would have been a good idea, the instructions don't say anything, but it probably would have been a good idea to work this in there while I put the hitch up, but we can also use a bolt leader to help pull it through, as well. I'm going to take a bolt leader, run it through the hole and route it out behind the hitch, thread on to our bolt. The bolt leader we're using is Part Number 80101-1. This does not come with the hitch. Make sure you pull the bolt completely through the hitch and it locks into it since there's a square hole in the hitch. Then we'll install the large, thick lock with the round hole. We'll follow that up with a 1/2 inch lock washer and a nut. We're just tightening up just to take up the slack. Next, we'll go ahead and push our hitch up. Make sure its secure against the trunk pan. Now, we'll go ahead and drill out our holes in the trunk pan. Our hitch will serve as a template to drill out 2, 1/2 inch holes. On the inside of the trunk, we'll get the small, square block, and the short, 1/2 inch carriage bolt. That will go through the trunk pan and into the hitch. We'll also use some sealant to seal the holes, as well. The sealant we're using is Part Number LT37467. The Loctite RTV 598 High Performance, Silicone Gasket Maker. We'll go ahead and install our hardware. We'll go back underneath the car and install our lock washer and nut. With all our hardware loosely installed, we'll go ahead and tighten them down and torque them down as specified in the instructions. We'll start by the bumper and work our way forward. For the 1/2 inch bolts, we use a 3/4 inch socket. At this point, we can go ahead and reinstall our spare tire and components. With that, that will finish it for Draw Tite Sports Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver Class I, Inch and 1/4, Part Number 24679 on our 2003 Volkswagon New Beetle Hard Top. .


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Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - 24679

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (3159 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.


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by: Ryan H.09/08/2011


I bought this hitch for my 2001 VW Golf. The shipping was fast and cheap, (especially considering the size of the package) and the hitch showed up at my front door a few days after ordering, well-packed and undamaged. The install process was relatively straightforward, but I would say almost impossible without a second person to help hold the hitch in place while the bolts are attached. I ended up calling a friend and using the scissor jack out of the trunk of my car to hold the hitch in place while I bolted it in. I did run into a minor problem with a clearance issue between the rear valence on the car and the receiver portion of the hitch, but I rectified it by making a small cut-out in the plastic of the bumper with my pocketknife. Since the hitch is a permanent addition, I wasn't too concerned about making this alteration- you can't see it unless you look under the bumper, regardless. The package shipped with all the necessary hardware, and even included a hardcopy of the mounting instructions. As others have said, eye protection is key for this job, because you're going to have rust and road grit raining down on you while you try to move the hitch into position, and most of it is stuff you don't want in your eyes. In terms of actual towing, the hitch worked exactly as expected. I towed a uhaul trailer about 400 miles with absolutely no problems. It easily passed a safety inspection, and provided completely trouble-free operation. For the price and ease of install, this product can't really be beat! 23689






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by: Roger H.09/11/2014


I'm glad my colleague convinced me to order a hitch from etrailer. The install went smoothly and my wife couldn't be happier with the hitch on her VW Beetle, now she gets to cart around her bike whenever she wants. I did benefit from reading other reviews and ended up using both a jack and a basketball/block of wood to prop up the hitch during the install (a second set of hands would have done the same thing). I also benefitted from owning a set of ramps to prop the back end of the car up, you can do it without but the added space was a huge help. Don't forget to order the "bolt leader" to thread through the 1/2" carriage bolt but you can also fish it through with a thin piece of wire. Overall the install was really easy and could be done by just about anyone. 150749






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by: John W03/18/2015


I received the hitch a day early and it was easy to track from the website and\or email I received. The staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I watched a short video and installed the hitch without any problem. I however should have ordered the ball mount at the same time to avoid shipping. I am happy with my purchase and will order other hitches for my other vehicles. 179424






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by: Russ C.07/10/2014


I bought a hitch from etrailer so I could install a bike rack on my 06 beetle. The order was quickly filled and all parts were included. Instructions were clear and the videos on the website made installation a breeze. Everything fit exactly as it was supposed to. Here is a pic of the hitch in action. It was a pleasure doing business with you guys......... 140548






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by: Dave Meissner02/13/2011


I ordered this hitch and cannot believe how fast it arrived. I had Uhaul install it for me without any problems. I ordred from you guys because Uhaul said that it would take them up to 10 days to get it. My order arrived in four days and dropped on my front proch in perfect condition. I have since gone on their web site to find a bike rack and am really impressed with all the information that is available including videos. What a great site - puts all the rest to shame. Good prices as well. 7121






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by: David B01/22/2011


We have to use a hitch to mount a bike rack, which my wife uses also as a wheelchair carrier for her work. The hitch fit where it said, and installation wasn't too difficult. (Wear safety glasses! You will get a lot of sand and/or dirt in your eyes without them.) Our tow hook was more of a circle than the loop shown on the instructions. Taking out the passenger side back-up light during installation made getting the bolt in possible. 5899






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by: James W.10/10/2013


The trailer hitch is solidly built an fairly straightforward to install even on your own. However having an extra set hands to hold hitch in place will help. The exhaust tip does rub against the hitch while car is running an creates a lil extra noise but a couple of zip ties should move exhaust that extra half inch to eliminate that. Otherwise great product. 2003 VW GTI 103373





Comments

Hitch and exhaust contact does happen from time to time, but it is an easy fix. Zip ties probably will not cut it. They will either break or melt. Take a long, heavy pair of channel locks and bend the exhaust hangers in the area to get the tip away from the hitch, or you can swap out the rubber isolator for a different length to get the tip away.

Patrick B - 10/14/2013

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by: Ben Garr.05/14/2012


Installation was very easy not hard at all, everything bolts and nuts Iall was in the bag. Just backed the VW GOLF UP ON TWO RAMPS I USE TO CHANGE OIL AND IT LOOKED JUST LIKE THE VEDIO YOU SHOW. TOOK ABOUT ONE HOUR. I also ordered the The two bike carrier to carry my mountain bike, can't wait for it to come. THANKS FOR YOUR PRODUCT LINE 40484






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by: Gerry Morin07/31/2011


Installed very easily on my 2003 New Beetle. All the mounting points lined up, all the necessary hardware was there including longer bolts where it attached to the frame in existing threaded mounting position of the exhaust system. Drilled two holes only. Seems to be a very rugged assembly. Very satisfied. 20626






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by: Jordan08/16/2012


The draw-tite frame is made of very sturdy metal. I was impressed with how well it mated with the car and it installed in under an hour. Very satisfied and I will order from etrailer again since it came UPS in less that two days after I ordered it. Great buy! Thank you! 51884






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by: Chester04/18/2012


I have had this hitch for several years and have towed a trailer very easily. IT SAVED MY CAR WHEN I GOT REAR ENDED! It was a fairly slow crash and bent up the hitch but only tiny paint transfer on my car. As a hatchback I think I would have bean totaled otherwise. 37673






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by: Scott B.04/27/2012


The hitch i ordered was delivered very fast and the video i viewed to install it on my vehicle made it very easy to install. It fit perfectly and only took about a half hour to install. I am very pleased and strongly recommend etrailer to others!!!!! 38649






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by: Erica C07/19/2011


fit my 2002 Golf TDI perfectly. Super easy install - drilling through the trunk pan was the only somewhat difficult part. looks like a rock solid hitch, pulled a small trailer easily, we'll test it with a pop-up soon! 19698






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by: Chrissy F.04/27/2013


The lady on the phone who helped me was totally amazing. She sent everything I needed. Now my little bug is all ready to go road trippin'. Picture of Truckers World installing it. Thanks y'all! 78093






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by: Bass M.04/17/2010


A 1 hitch for my beetle With a convertable beetle the hitch mount reciever was the only way to go for my bike rack. This hitch went on easily and does the job as described. thanks 2940






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by: Rene Robichaux04/28/2012


The trailer hitch was easy to install on my 2006 VW Beetle. In fact, it took me almost as much time to get the spare tire back in the trunk as it did to instal the hitch. 38715






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by: Tony M07/31/2011


Installation went very well. Relatively easy. Hitch looks well built. The two additional bolts which are located in the spare tire well add structural rigidity. 20621






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by: David S.06/01/2012


The "excellent" applies to the price, ordering, shipping, and delivery. I will be happy to respond further after the hitch has been installed. 42277






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by: timothy eder05/14/2012


wow....it took longer to find all my tools than to install this on my 2002 golf .. no problems at all, now i can go look at trailers . 40509






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by: anthony03/25/2013


Hitch was perfect. Fit good had all the parts I'm very pleased with etrailer.com. I would definitely buy from them again 72390






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by: David Speak09/18/2012


Very fast service and installation went just like the instructions. Fast delivery and great price! Thanks, Dave 55048






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by: Carl S.08/17/2011


Good design, more mounting points than the competition. Fantastic experience with etrailer. Highly recommended! 22012






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by: Dean05/20/2013


Perfect fit on my 2002 TDI VW Golf. Install took less then an hour. 81215






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by: Darryl Lindsley11/07/2011


The hitch installed quite easily, the instructions were right on. 26660






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by: Tim E10/19/2011


extremely quick delivery. Easy to install as video illustrated 25824






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by: Kent S.01/17/2012


Good quality and pricing. Fast shipping. 29855






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by: OConnor.rob10/04/2013


Fits perfect 102578






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by: Dwayne Mitschke08/02/2012


Great! 50351






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by: Scott C05/27/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


This went on our 2012 Infiniti G37x pretty easily. I haven't actually mounted the bike carrier on it yet, but I was happy that the installation went pretty smoothly. I put a horizontal piece of painters tape along the bottom of the license plate before I took it off so I would be sure not to extend the holes too far down such that they would be visible. This added an extra bit of confidence the process. The instructions don't give specific locations for holes to drill to access the lower bolts that you have to remove. See the attached pictures: the hole on the left was placed better than the hole on the right. If doing it again, I'd aim for the center of the holes to horizontally align with the bottom edge of the rectangular dimple in the bumper fascia. Vertically the holes alight with the bolts that are visible when you remove the license plate. I'd also use a 7/8" or even 1" bit: the 3/4" hole was a bit tight for my sockets. That combined with being off just a little bit on the right hole meant that I had to extend the right hole a bit with a utility knife. I cut the bumper fascia and the under tray with my Sonicrafter, which made it super quick and easy. You could do it with a utility knife but it definitely would be more work. The other trick I did was that I used a bit of double-sided tape to stick the aluminum fascia support to the hitch while getting the whole works wedged into place. That's the only somewhat difficult part: you have to pull back on the fascia while maneuvering the combination of the hitch and support plate into place. An extra set of hands would have been useful, but I managed it by myself. Just be careful to not pinch your fingers between the fascia and the hitch like I did. Trimming the under-tray is required and some idea of the right cut-out would have been helpful, but was not present in the instructions. See the attached photos to get an idea of the area I cut out. It's a little bigger than need be, but not by too much. I'm a little concerned that the hardware (bolt, nut, washer, plate) for attaching the hitch to the tow loop is bare steel. Maybe it's really stainless steel and will be fine, but I'm considering spraying it just to help keep it from becoming a mass of rust. Sprayed black, it would blend in better under the car too as it is visible from the rear. All done, none of the trimming is visible, and the hitch seems like it belongs there. 132728


Comments

It carried the bikes around just fine last year. I confess I havent actually had to use it yet this year but will be shortly.

Scott C - 06/03/2015

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by: John S.01/24/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


After being told by a local hitch installer that they'd have to fabricate a hitch for my 2009 Nissan Cube, I hit the internet and found etrailer.com. They had the Drawtite Class I hitch for my car available at a reasonable price, and the instructins (available online prior to purchase) made it seem like it would be a fairly easy install. So I went ahead and ordered the hitch. My first surprise was a very nice email letting me know that the hitch had been shipped - ahead of schedule! My second surprise was when it arrived ahead of schedule. Off to a good start! This past Saturday, I undertook the installation. As promised, it was a fairly easy job, but took about two hours (not the 50 minutes in the instructions). In all fairness, if I had a car lift, I could have done it in less than an hour - but using a small floor jack and two jackstands in a small garage made it much more difficult to move around. The installation required only one modification to my car, a 1" hole drilled in the frame (in a non-load bearing area). The instructions didn't give any hints on this, so I went to Home Depot and purchased a 1" round cylindrical band saw blade (looks like a prescription bottle without the cap, with teeth on the open end) with a special bit with a 1/4" pilot drill. I thought it was going to take forever, and the 1/4" pilot drill did take several minutes to punch through, but the 1" round saw actually carved through the frame very quickly. The installation required a bit of innovative engineering on the part of etrailer (hence the 1" hole), but it worked flawlessly. Altogether, including cleanup, the installation took less than 2 1/2 hours. It was helpful that my wife was there to hand me tools, hold up one end of the hitch while I got a bolt in place to hold up the other end, and generally give me encouragement. One very minor suggestion - there are five conical washers, four of one size and one a bit smaller. They're the same color, and I inadvertently used one of the larger ones on the one smaller bolt (and had to take it off and do it again). Only a couple of minutes lost, but if the smaller washer had a dash of color on it to distinguish it from the others, it would be helpful for those of us who are somewhat mechanically challenged. :) Summing up, the quality of the hitch is excellent, the installation was relatively easy even for someone with little mechanical experience, the instructions were clear and concise, the hitch fit perfectly, and the final installation looks like it came from the factory. Kudos to etrailer! 5986



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by: Rick Z09/17/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


My son-in-law and I installed this hitch on a 2012 Toyota Prius V. The video for the install on a Prius is accurate for a Prius V with the exception that a Prius V does not have cosmetic cowling on the underbody that has to be removed. The install was straightforward and we had the hitch on in about 45 minutes. Other than the receiver on the hitch, you can't see the hitch without bending down and looking under the bumper. I personally like the aesthetics. We're using the hitch with the Swagman XTC-2 bike carrier and the combination is ideal for transporting our two bicycles. The fit between the hitch and bike carrier is tight and the Swagman allows us to drop the middle bar down for access to open the rear hatch of the vehicle when the bikes are not in the carrier but leaving the bike carrier attached. We bought the Prius V so we could carry passengers, gear and two bicycles on trips. The draw-tite hitch and Swagman XTC-2 give us the flexibility to do that. Here's some pictures to demonstrate as I've had a difficult time finding photos on the web showing a Prius V with hitch and bicycle carrier installed. I have a cover on the hitch receiver in some photos, sorry I took the photos at night with a flash, but hey, I did the review! Good luck. Oh, by the way, like others have written, E Trailer was on top of things from the get go and I received numerous e-mails about the status of my order and follow-up after my receipt. Only took three business days between the date of my order and delivery to my home. The hitch and bike carrier were boxed and then inserted into another heavy duty shipping box. There were a few small tears in the outer box (assume from rough handling by the delivery carrier) but the contents were not damaged in any way. I would definitely order again from etrailer.com. 54981


Comments

I just bought the V and your great pictures have made up my mind. Thanks!

comment by: Brian s - 12/07/2012


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Glad to hear, that is why we ask our customers to show off their setups. Please post pictures of yours when you get it.

Patrick B - 12/10/2012




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by: MP08/30/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


This is a very solid product that fits perfectly on my 2012 Prius. I looked at the video several times and read the comments posted here. Installation took me about an hour and twenty minutes, with the time spent as follows. I did this with the car on the ground, not on a lift. Ducking under and back to get tools, etc. adds to the installation time, but it is easier to support the hitch during installation. I did not really have a helper, except for asking my 12 year old daughter to aim a flashlight for me. Not having a helper also adds to the installation time, but it can be done. 1. Removing tie-down hook. Easy, took about 5 minutes. Made sure not to drop the bolts/washers behind the appearance panel. 2. 10-15 minutes trying to remove the muffler from the support post before heeding the advice on the instructions and spraying soapy water onto the rubber isolator, after which it took just a minute. 5 minutes removing the bolts from the rear muffler hanger. Had a U-joint on my wrench, but the length of the socket was such that it was a tight fit with the muffler exhaust. The video shows use of a "cat's paw" type of socket wrench, which would have been really handy for the bolts near the muffler. 3. Installing driver's side of hitch. 20 minutes spent fishing out a bolt and washer that dropped behind the appearance panel. My magnetic finding tool did not work well, had to use my hand to find them--not easy. As some other posts have noted, the old bolts were tapered, allowing installation at an angle a degree or two from perpendicular. The new bolts are not tapered, and must be inserted exactly perpendicular to the insertion hole. If you are off even a degree, the threads will not bite. That is how I dropped the bolt behind the panel. Since I was installing this myself with no helper, I had to hold up the hitch with one hand and work the socket wrench with my other hand. Ultimately, I opted to use the original tapered bolts to install the hitch initially, then removed them one at a time and used the new bolts, which were then easy to install because everything was already aligned. 4. Installing passenger side of hitch. This was definitely a tighter area to work through, and I ended up using the original bolts for one of the fasteners because the new bolt and washer interfered with the heat shield and I did not feel like bending the heat shield. I really wish I had the cats paw socket/wrench for the passenger side, but it all worked out fine in the end. Conclusion: after installation, I was impressed by how securely this hitch fits. It is rock solid. If I had to do the installation over again, I would probably get a real helper, use the tapered bolts initially to get things aligned perfectly, make sure not to drop bolts behind the appearance panel, spray the soapy water on the rubber isolator right away, get a better light to see what I was doing, especially with the driver's side, and get a cats paw type of socket for the passenger side bolts. 97669



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by: Ben C.05/04/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Installed on a 2008 G35x Sedan: Installation was easier than I expected, took about 1 hour total. Product feels Solid and is not too noticable when installed. I'm no real handy man but was able to to get this installed pretty quickly. Be prepared to make some minor cuts to the plastic bumper panel, two holes behind the licence plate to access the bolts which fasten the hitch and a 3.5" x 2" cut underneath where the hitch reciever extends from. I found a dremel worked perfectly for making the cuts. I also used painters tape to ensure I didn't drill beyond where the rear plate would cover. Thankfully, no other drilling or cutting is required as the holes for the bolts already exist on the bumper frame. Simply remove an aluminum spacer from the bumper frame by removing the 4 bolts pictured, slide the hitch up through the bottom and place the aluminum spacer back over the hitch. Use the bolts that came with the hitch as they are much stronger than the pre-existing bolts, and your done! *Shown with a Thule Doubletrack Platform-style 2 Bike Rack For 1-1/4 & 2" Hitch recievers 39423



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by: Charles W.07/13/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Comparison Review Draw-Tite or Drawtite 24899 and Curt 11681 hitches for 2013 Honda Accord 4-dr. Due to a manufacturing defect on the first hitch I installed, I had the pleasure of installing both of these hitches in the past 3 weeks on my Accord. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to write this review. Mounting hardware: Draw-Tite came with SAE Grade 5 carriage bolts, Curt came with stronger Grade 8 carriage bolts and nuts. Apparent strength of the hitch: reviews of the Curt state that a strap is needed to stabilize bike racks, Draw-Tite does not incl. this warranty condition. However, the Curt’s receiver channel has a welded collar that reinforces the square tube that is the business end of the receiver, the Draw-Tite does not. I suspect that Curt’s collar makes the receiver’s square tube less likely to split due to the high leverage of a bike rack. Ease of Installation: Both hitches require a “spacer” or block that fits into the Accord’s rails with the carriage bolts. The width of the Draw-Tite’s spacer required the entrance hole to be enlarged by drilling, filing, or prying open the hole on my brand new Accord, the Curt’s spacer is sized so that it just slips in the existing hole without modification. Appearance: Both reveal about the same amount, the rounded cross section of the Curt tubing results in a more attractive look. Ground Clearance: When installed, the Curt hitch has better ground clearance that the Draw-Tite. Paint finish: the same for both. Manufacturing Quality Control: The sample of Draw-Tite (bearing a “Made in Mexico” sticker) I installed was defective. Drawbars had to be pounded in by sledge hammer and awkwardly pounded out by same, ruining the finish on the drawbar. Apparently, the receiver channel was deformed when the manufacturer “punched” the holes in the receiver channel that the drawbar pin fits through. Once the drawbar was pounded in, a welded button or stop within the channel prevented the drawbar from going in deep enough so that the drawbar holes and receiver channel holes lined up. Draw-Tite Customer Service acknowledged the defect and said that they had had several calls on this, were manufacturing new ones, orders were on backorder and I’d have to work with the place I bought the hitch for replacement. E-Trailer Customer service was superb, they contacted Draw-Tite, confirmed backorder status, shipped me the slightly more expensive Curt at no extra charge, provided pre-paid return shipping label for the defective Draw-Tite. The sample from Curt installed and worked perfectly. Thorough this experience with Draw-Tite, I had the pleasure of spending the time installing a hitch twice on the same car and gathering the data to write this review. You have the benefit of reading this comparison review. 89392


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Just a quick note, the button or stop is intended to be present on Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch Class I, 1-1/4 inch hitches. That stop will prevent the use of Class II Only designed ball mounts, carriers and racks.

Patrick B - 07/16/2013

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Thanks for this comparison!!

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by: Ryan L.09/26/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


I am reviewing the trailer hitch receiver AND the etrailer customer service. First off, the trailer hitch installation was straightforward, and the videos showed me exactly how to do it. I was able to install it myself, using my hydraulic jack at certain points to help me lift the hitch into position to bolt it in place. Please see the pics below. The customer service at etrailer is phenomenal! My order was upgraded to express shipping as a nice unexpected treat. I ordered the hitch receiver and also a bike rack. Both items arrived two business days later! However, there was a problem: the bike rack didn't have the included hardware kit (bolts, nuts, pins, etc.). Here's where I was impressed- etrailer reps immediately rush shipped me the missing hardware kit, and were absolutely pleasant on the phone and in emails. I am extremely impressed with this company, and will be ordering again. I highly recommend etrailer.com! Thanks! 24646



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by: srpinaz12/23/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


So, let's start with the good. Etrailer packed the item well. It wasn't just thrown in a box like the last hitch I ordered. Now the bad. This hitch is very poor quality. The hitch pin is not straight or square, so anything I put in it is going to be off to one side. Also, the hitch pin plate and chain clip are also welded crooked. Lastly, they painted over the welding tailings and whatever else was on this rack when coated. All they had to do was simply wipe it off before painting. It looks like it has boils all over. In the end, I think whoever assembled this rack was either intoxicated, or just didn't care. Needless to say, I will never buy a drawtite product again due to low quality. I wish return shipping didn't cost so much, because I would love to return this piece of... junk! See my pics of the issues. I hope this helps others in their decision to not by this rack, and be careful buying a rack online. 110907


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We will be in contact with Draw-Tite on the matter and we will follow up with you.

comment by: Patrick B - 12/26/2013


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by: Gator08/29/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Etrailer actually has their items in stock in their warehouse. No waiting for drop shipments from manufacturers not even knowing if the item is in stock. Had the shipment on my doorstep within 3 days of placing order. Shipping was included. Hidden Hitch is a known brand name, price was better than any other manufacturers, hitch is well built, great looking welds, heavy duty materials, nice thick powder coat finish with absolutely no runs however hitch will not be seen anyway, thus hidden hitch. All bolt holes lined up perfectly, bolts are large and hardened and withstand the torque specifications. This is really an overbuilt class 1 hitch meaning it will never fail. The install was super easy and very quick. Wells designed, and well hidden. The little plastic rivets on the Yaris are easily removed by gently prying out the little center tab. Just pull it out gently til it stops, not all the way. The rivet is now released and will remove easily from the hole. When ready, slide the rivet back into the hole, then press the center tab back in. The instructions mentioned that a small amount of the fascia may have to be trim to clear the hitch. I did not have to do this. It was a tight fit but I was able to push it in enough to line up the holes and fasten the rivets without trimming. It took me longer to find my sockets and torque ratchet than it took for the actual install. See attached photos. 149160



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by: Randy L07/26/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


I purchased this hitch for my 2013 Toyota Prius 2 so I could attach the Swagman XTC-2 bike rack. I was able to install it properly by myself using the instructions that came with the hitch, but it did take some patience and creativity. The hitch itself is sturdy, fits well on the car, and is unobtrusive. etrailer did a great job packaging the hitch with none of the problems and damage that have been reported by users who purchased the same hitch from Amazon. Installation is theoretically very simple. Take the muffler off the rubber hanger on the passenger-side tow hook. Remove the four bolts that hold the two tow hooks to the frame of the vehicle with a 19 mm socket. Bolt the hitch to the frame with the four 19 mm bolts and the conical washers that come with the hitch kit. At this point you will also replace the tow hook that includes the hanger for the muffler but not the driver-side tow hook. Reattach the muffler to the rubber hanger. Here are some tips that I think will make the installation process smoother. 1. Spray a soapy water solution on the muffler hanger before attempting to remove it. The lubrication will significantly decrease the effort needed to remove the muffler pin from the rubber hanger. 2. Make sure you have at least a 6" extension for your socket to give you enough clearance when removing and attaching the bolts. I would say that an 8" extension would be ideal. 3. On the passenger side, you should probably bend the edges of the muffler heat shield down about 1/4" to provide clearance for the flange of the hitch. You could just bolt the hitch in without doing this, but the trailing edge of the heat shield will be clamped between the hitch flange and the car's frame. This seemed like a bad idea to me because it would transfer heat from the shield directly to the frame of the car and it might facilitate vibrations from the shield to the frame, which could produce an annoying sound. (I've been in cars with heat shields that had been bent so they touched the frame, and it created an unpleasant buzzing at times.) 4. If you're installing the hitch by yourself, have something that you can prop up the the hitch with until you have started at least one bolt on either end of the hitch. If you don't, getting the bolts started is going to take a lot of contortions to hold the hitch in the correct alignment. 143058



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by: Altaf03/30/2015

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


The hitch and etrailer get 5 stars. Fast shipping, price match policy and excellent customer service and support! - Two people will make the install go a lot easier. - It took a couple of hours to complete the installation, not 30 minutes. - Have extensions to use with your socket wrench. Also a breaker bar will help when you get to step 4 in the instructions as this bolt is very tight. - My car is a 2014 VW GTI Wolfsburg Edition 4-door. My comments below may or may not apply to all years of this generation. It is not mentioned in the instructions but you'll have a lot more room and visibility if you remove the black valence below the rear bumper. Make this step #0. Here's how to remove the valence: #0A. Remove the 4 torx screws that secure the valence underneath the bumper. #0B. As you're facing the rear bumper, start from one corner and pull the valance straight back towards you. There are several horizontal plastic clips molded into the valence that secure it to the bumper. This step will remove the valance. In step 1 of the instructions, it is not necessary to disconnect the driver's side (US) exhaust hanger, just leave it in place. You do need to remove the passenger's side exhaust hanger. In step 2 of the instructions, instead of cutting or folding the heat shield, I poked a hole large enough for the carriage bolt to go through. I have zero rattles or noise from the heat shield, plus it looks OEM! :-) You do want to remove the bolt (13mm?) that's holding the heat shield up on the driver's side so you can see the frame hole and have room to operate. Just screw it back in at the end of the install. Step 4 in the instruction's has an error. The M12 hex bolt they are referring to is on the passenger's side (US), not driver's. The diagram is correct. I had a difficult time with reinstalling the passenger's side exhaust hanger bracket because the hole's weren't lined up. I'd recommend loosely installing one bolt on each side of the hitch first just to hold it up. Get the exhaust hanger lined up and tightened, then proceed with tightening the other bolts. That's about it. Otherwise follow the instructions that came with the hitch. Just take your time and have plenty of lighting so you can see underneath. Back the GTI up on ramps or a lift. Be safe, don't work under the car with just a jack, have proper jack stands! 181603



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by: Alan M.03/10/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


The hitch is pretty much what I was looking for. We're only using it to mount a carrier to haul two bicycles around with no intention of asking it to any more than that. In that regard the hitch receiver is exactly what we wanted. I think it could have been boxed better as the hitch had punched thru the box in a couple of places and the box was way too big for the product so it bounced around during shipping, I suspect. The interesting part was that the instructions that came with the hitch were for a Chevy Impala! The instructions and drawings had nothing to do with mounting the hitch to a Mazda 3 but the good thing is that etrailer has excellent photos showing how the hitch is attached to the car and I used those. I was working at night with a single flashlight but it only took me about 20-25 minutes to get everything where it's supposed to go! It fit perfectly to the car and is rock solid. The bike rack tends to wobble a bit but with it secured in place we know it's not going to go anywhere while on the road. I've included a picture of the whole setup with bikes. The main thing is that I'm quite pleased with how it all turned out. We got what we wanted and installation was simple. When we get another car we will order another receiver hitch from etrailer. 120137


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Still using it! Nothings come loose and Id still recommend it. The only issue I have with the hitch is that the two looped bars I guess to attach a chain from a towed trailer can get in the way when I or remove a cotter pin for the bike rack. But I can work around that and get the job done. I thought about cutting them off but when we eventually sell the car the next owner might want that feature.

Alan M - 03/10/2015

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by: Craig E12/20/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Etrailer has a great website. It describes the product very well. Has many references and videos on install combined with reviews made this a very easy product to get and installation was easy and as described. However the product was poorly made. The powder coating had huge bubbles in several places and had chipped off. I decided to install it instead of returning it. The product will rust over time and the flaws wont be visible from the outside. When I was installing the hitch everything went great until I tried to do final adjustments before torqueing down the bolts. The hitch receiver tube was not sticking out straight. When I crawled under the car and looked. The tube is welded on about 5 degrees off of 90 degrees so I had to install the whole product on as much of an angle to compensate. It still sticks out at an angle. Will it effect use. Probably not, but it is on a new car. Have not contacted Etrailer yet. 110638


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We are sorry to hear about the hitch. We will be in contact with you shortly.

Patrick B - 12/20/2013

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by: Luppie12/31/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


This trailer hitch fits my 2015 Fiat 500e perfectly without any needs to drill additional holes. It took about 45 minutes to install if you are handy. The Fiat 500e is not designed to tow anything so the trailer hitch is really to hold my bike rack since it's designed to latch on to the left/right bumber brackets and to the right side of uni-body above the spare tire mount. If the hitch is re-designed to attach to both side of the uni-body, then I would consider towing a very lite weight trailer but I will not with the current design. It'd helped to watch the eTrailer installation video to a 2012 Fiat 500, on YouTube. The 500e does not have a spare-tire mount nor a muffler so it is easier to install since you would skip those steps. I had search the internet for an inexpensive trailer hitch and I am glad some dude recommended this particular hitch for the 500e and it fits! The best part of this whole installation is that you can remove the hitch and return the vehicle to the original configuration. 167461


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Hi: I to have the 500E and am very interested in this hitch as the trunk mount is a risk to the window. Di you need to buy anything else such as the hitch mount Have you tried 2 bikes? does it drain the battery excessive/ Thanks

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by: Mark04/17/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


This is the second time I have ordered from etrailer.com. I ordered two hitches from them in the spring of 2008. Those worked perfectly. I returned to etrailer last week because of my favorable experience 5 years ago. Etrailer’s service remains first-rate. Within moments of ordering, I received email confirmation. I received a second email approximately 24 hours later, stating that my order had shipped and identifying tracking information. Three days after that when I could not track my order online, etrailer promptly replied to my email with delivery information. The order I placed just before midnight on a Tuesday was delivered to my driveway the following Monday morning. Packaging was bulletproof all components two hitches and two wiring harnesses were well restrained, padded, and delivered unharmed. A final email was sent to me the next day to indicate that the shipment should have arrived and asking for me to rate my experience. Printed installation instructions for the Draw-Tite are simplistic but straightforward. There is not much to mess up. I had the proper tap from installing the hitch on my old Corolla and cleaned out the threads before installing this one. The hitch is lightweight, so it was no trouble lifting it into place with one hand and starting bolts with the other. Cranking down the bolts to 67 foot-pounds was the toughest part of the half-hour installation! TAKE NOTE: This is a CLASS I hitch limited to 200 pounds of tongue weight. Inside the receiver just past the hole for the hitch pin, is a partially punched second hole. The resulting detent that protrudes inside the channel, prevents certain longer tow bars and other accessories from sliding completely inside. This is intended to prevent loads that exceed the recommend tongue weight. Such bars and accessories are intended for CLASS II hitches which have a tongue weight rating of 350 pounds. Because of the punch, my Thule bike rack did not slide in far enough by about ½” to allow the hitch pin hole to line up. Wish I had paid attention to this beforehand. Other than that oversight, I had a good experience. Still have to wire the towing harness for this car and install the hitch and harness on my other vehicle. 76540



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by: Eric C.02/24/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


This was a bit tricky to install. Had to wrestle it into place to secure the right side of the hitch. Having to hold it while inserting the bolt, I was afraid I would cross the bolt threads. Eventually got it into place, got the nuts and bolts on and torqued to specs. Looks great. Have not experienced any ground scrape as others have reported. Have another car that will eventually need a hitch and I'll be buying from etrailer again. 117454


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No problems after a year. Functions flawlessly. No rust or paint peeling. Probably looks better now as the paint has gotten less glossy. People who look at my car never notice the hitch until I tell them about it. They then assume it was installed by a professional. Then I surprise them. Harness is hidden under the carpet in the trunk. I have only scraped a speed bump maybe once by going too fast. I do have a suggestion I found helpful. Where the hitch passes just beneath the tail pipe. I would always hear the tail pipe tapping the hitch when I went over larger bumps. It was a little aggravating, but no discernable damage was occurring. So I took some exhaust gasket material and gasket sealant. I cut and installed a small piece on the top surface of the hitch where the tail pipe would make contact. Now, I dont hear the tapping anymore. No damage to the hitch or the tailpipe. The gasket has been in place almost a year. No worries about it melting from heat as it is designed to get hot. Maybe a fix e-trailer can install for future buyers or include the materials in the hitch kit? Im totally satisfied and will order again if I ever need another hitch for another vehicle.

Eric C - 02/24/2015

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Thanks for coming back and checking in with us on the hitch. There are several ways to correct exhaust & hitch contact. There are a number of tricks that we employ in our installation shop and we put together a tech article on them I've added a link to. Your gasket will work, but eventually the sealant could wear and the material fall away. It would definitely work for light contact situations, but it may have to be re-done in a couple years.

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by: Jim M.04/24/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Thursday evening I called etrailer.com to place an order for a Draw-Tite hitch and a Swagman XC bicycle carrier. I talked with Laura H. at etrailer.com. She was very friendly and I was so impressed with her knowledge of the products and her thoroughness. Laura took the time to make 100% sure that I was ordering the correct hitch for my car and the correct carrier to fit the hitch. I was notified when my order shipped the next morning and was provided with tracking information that kept me informed of where my order was and when it would be delivered. As promised, my order was delivered the following Monday. I was totally surprised when I opened the box. The hitch and bike carrier were packaged so much better than more for more fragile products I have ordered from other companies in the past. Every part I needed for installation was included along with clear instructions for installation and use. Everything on the Draw-Tite hitch lined up perfectly and it was very easy to install on my car. The Swagman XC carrier is very well made and sturdy and it holds our bicycles very securely. I am very impressed with the staff at etrailer.com and also with the products they sell and I would highly recommend them to anyone. 77708


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I LOVE both the Draw-Tite Hitch and the Swagman Hitch Bike Rack. I have used them numerous times over the past year and they performed flawlessly.I have highly recommended both of these products, and etrailer.com, to my friends and family.You can be sure that when I am in the market for these types of products again I will most assuredly buy them from etrailer.com.

Jim M - 05/16/2014

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by: Dan S01/10/2015

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Like the hitch - it's nice that the bar goes over the muffler instead of under it like 90% of the other hitches for Camrys. I was worried about scraping if I got one of those that bent under the muffler. I was a little nervous about the bolt holes on my old 97 car from some other reviews I read (people saying you should buy a tap to get it in there, etc), but the bolts went in after I sprayed some wd-40 up in there and cleaned as far in as I could with an old toothbrush. Then threaded the bolts by hand as far as I could go, backed them out, threaded a little further,etc. I made sure I could drive the bolts all the way with my ratchet prior to attempting it with the hitch held up in the air and they did go in with a little wrenching and a lot of lube. One weird installation issue - I am not sure if my car is a bit odd, but the right side of the hitch on the muffler side sort of hit the underside of the bumper so it couldn't seat all the way by just holding the hitch up to the underside. To get it on, I loosely bolted on the left side and the rear bolt on the right and then threaded the bolt closest the bumper a couple threads by hand and proceeded to basically wrench it down from there. I think it sort of "smushed" the piece of the bumper that was in the way up a bit and after a bunch of turns, it went on and looked fine. Overall very happy with the end product and pleased with the customer service from etrailer.com. 168538



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by: Richard D07/18/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


I found a local auto shop that installed the trailer hitch and wire harness for $80. They said the hardest part of the job was getting the wiring done because they had to take about everything out of the back of the Elantra Touring (small Huyndai station wagon) to get to the place to put the "plug and play" wiring in place. It is amazing how the right tools and the proper knowledge makes jobs like this so much simpler. I appreciate the prompt delivery of the hitch and wire harness and the free shipping was wonderful. I will recommend your firm to anyone in the market for any trailer or additional items for any kind of vehicle. You have a great selection and your tips for the installer really helped (per the guy working on the installation). 90217


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The trailer hitch and extension work great. Since this is on a small station wagon not a truck the extension seems to rattle a little more than I expected when the trailer is not attached. I realize that there is probably no practical way to eliminate that noise without messing up the way the devices go together and can be swapped in and out, that is the only thing that is at all even a minor thing. I have been totally satisfied with the hitch and the way it handles my mall canoe trailer. I would certainly order any other items I might need that your firm could supply from you. Many thanks for the good service and in taking a continuing interest in how your products satisfy your customers. Wish every company took this much interest in the satisfaction of their customers. R. Dentino

Richard D - 07/28/2014

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Thank you very much for your one year follow up. To help eliminate the rattling that you are hearing when the trailer is not loaded you could use the Boone No Rattle # 93347
No-Rattle Trailer Hitch Wedge for 1-1/4" and 2" Trailer Hitches by Boone Outdoor Hardware
$7.99
Device. This would attach to your current pin and clip and would snug the ballmount up to the hitch to eliminate the rattling. This part is designed to work with solid shank ballmounts like your # 3594.

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by: Rodger06/09/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


The package arrived very quickly. The hitch had broken through the carboard and was sticking half out of the box, but it is a solid metal piece and didn't show any signs of damage. Installation was a pain in the butt, but it's doable. Taking off the splash guards is not as easy as it sounds. The instructions say there are 4 screws, there's actually 9 per side. And they don't just "unscrew", you can turn it counter clockwise until you're blue in the face and they won't loosen. It's a screw inside of a plastic housing that needs the center screw piece to turn while the housing stays still. Once you figure out how a way to keep the outer housing still, it's possible to get the screws out. But "40 minutes" install time was actually a 2 day install for me. Granted, I have no experience installing hitches. Once you have the splash guards off, taking off the tow hook is easy (as long as you have the proper 17mm ratchet). When you lower the exhaust, make sure you undo TWO attachments. I accidentally only did 1 and it didn't drop much at all. Also, I installed this without jacking up the vehicle or driving it onto ramps or anything. It CAN be done, but it would have been way easier to have the car lifted up. Once the splash guards are off, and the exhaust is *properly* lowered, putting the hitch in place is easy. BUT, then I ran into a problem where only 3 of the 4 new screws fit. Problem was with the rusted car, not with the screws. Upstate NY has rough winters and the car is 2 years old... problem was solved with a rust removal spray. After the hitch is in place, it's not too hard to raise up the exhaust and re install the splash guards. Overall, good product but if you have no experience... don't count on a 40 minute install. 134868



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by: Joel Robinson06/07/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


This is the first trailer hitch I've owned or installed so I have little to compare it to. My overall impression is that the hitch sits too low to the ground and is less rigid than I feel comfortable with for hauling bikes. It's also rather heavy in part because it loops around the exhaust. It was easy to install and has worked well but I'm considering building my own hitch that is more rigid, puts the receiver higher off the ground and has more ground clearance. Regarding installation, while it's true that no drilling is required, you are still supposed to put a notch in your "frame" rails so that the 1" backing washers fit through the 7/8" hole. I opted to grind the 1" washers on one side to make them about 7/8" wide so they'd fit through the holes without modifying the body. For a custom-designed hitch, I wasn't pleased that they didn't just include washers that fit...the Fit...in the first place. I like to keep my OEM rust proofing intact if at all possible. I painted the edge of the washers where I ground them down so they don't rust either. Regarding the hitch height, with Swift Sport springs that lower the car about 1/2", my receiver is about 8" off the ground and result in my brand new Yakima Highlite 3 bike rack to scrape entering/exiting my driveway apron (which is pretty steep). When I put 2 adult bikes and 1 kid trailer bike on the Highlight 3 (<110 lbs total w/bike rack), the hitch had WAY more bounce/flex than I felt comfortable with, especially when you tilt the rack down to access the trunk. So I added an extra strap attached to my Yakima roof rack to give the bike rack some extra support. I'd prefer not to do that. In summary, if you need an easy to install hitch that will support a bike or two, tow a light trailer and don't mind grinding into your car's frame a bit, this is a decent hitch for a nice price. It's far from perfect for me though. 134686



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by: Charles. 2013 Ford fiesta SE Hatchback11/17/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch


Purchased primarily for bumper protection with draw bar added for my teenage daughter's new car. The Fiesta is a good first car for the novice teenager. But living in NYC one learns quickly that you have to fortify your vehicle like a tank in order to minimize damage from idiots parking behind you. This fits the bill. You'll be surprised how effective it is. They know to keep their distance if they don't want a gaping hole in their front bumper, lol. Oh and mounting a bike carrier on it, which I do have, is nice too. Originally ordered the Hiiden Hitch brand because I was familiar with product and liked it. But customer service said I had to wait at least a month because they were on back order. I didn't want to wait so they recommended Draw Tite. It is frankly of better quality than The Hidden Hitch. Heavier steel. I had to buy a draw bar since this one did not come with one as Hidden Hitch does. Another 20 bucks but even that piece is of better quality. It is made of solid steel unlike the other. Installation: well it took me about 90 minutes. I did it on my own without a lift. It's difficult to do on your own but with a bit of ingenuity it can be done. It's heavy so I had to place a box about 10 inches high under the vehicle and resting the hitch on top. After removing rubber hangers from muffler, I slippped right side of hitch over the top of muffler and resting it there. NOT NECESSARY TO REMOVE HEAT SHIELD as instructions tell you to do and cut. I did not do this thereby eliminating extra work. Besides I did not want to compromise integrity of vehicle as not to give Ford any excuses to void warranty for exhaust system. I connected left side first and hand tightened nuts and bolts (one nut and one bolt). Then connected the muffler side. Then tightened all. Highly recommend this product as I believe it will out live the life of the vehicle. Solid choice. 161390

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  • I would recommend a hitch and hitch mount bike rack for your 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible. Because there is no place to secure the top straps of a trunk mounted bike rack, none of the manufacturers carry a trunk mount that is recommended for the convertible models. The Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, # 24679, along with the Swagman XTC-2, # S64670, platform 2 bike rack would be an excellent setup for transporting bikes with your Beetle.
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  • The Thule and Yakima trunk bike racks are listed for a 2003 Volkswagen Beetle Hardtop, but not for the Turbo model. Because of the spoiler on the Turbo being located at the top edge of your trunk where the top hooks would attach, and it is retractable, is why it is not listed for your Turbo model. Even with your spoiler disabled it is not recommended to use a trunk bike rack on a Volkswagen Turbo Beetle. The spoiler would not be able to handle the loads of the bike rack. If you have...
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendations for 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle
  • We do not have a video showing installation of the Thule Passage 3 Bike Carrier # TH911XT on your particular vehicle, the 1998 New Beetle, but we do for another vehicle and that video is linked for your review. The best bike carrying option for you will depend on how many bikes you need to move. If you must transport 3 bikes then a trunk-mount carrier like the Passage 3 is the way to go. But if you need to transport only 2 bikes then the better choice overall will be to install a trailer...
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 24679 Fit a 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Turbo Diesel
  • I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite about hitch # 24679 and a 2002 VW New Beetle Turbo Diesel. the only model that this trailer hitch will not fit is the Turbo S model. If yours is branded as a Turbo S it will not fit, otherwise it fits all models. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a video showing a typical installation for you. If you plan on doing some towing, the correct ball mount is # 3593 and you can use pin and clip # PC2, 1-7/8 inch ball # 19256, and...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
  • I would recommend a hitch and hitch mount bike rack for your 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible. A trunk mount bike rack is not going to work because there is no safe place to secure the top straps on a bike rack on convertible models of the 2006 VW New Beetle. The Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, # 24679, along with the Swagman XTC-2, # S64670, platform 2 bike rack would be an excellent setup for transporting bikes with your Beetle. I have included some links of the hitch...
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  • Will Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 24679 Fit a Non-Turbo 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle
  • Yes, the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 24679, will fit your 2009 VW New Beetle non-turbo model. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. If you plan on doing any towing, the recommended ball mount is # 3593 and you can use pin and clip # PC2. For a ball, use # 19256 (1-7/8 inch diameter) or # 19258 (2 inch diameter). For trailer wiring, use # 119178KIT. I have included a link to a video showing a typical installation of the wiring on a similar vehicle for...
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  • What Hitch Is Available to Fit A 2005 Or 2006 Volkswagen Rabbit
  • The new body style VW Rabbit was introduced to the US as a 2006 model. I do not have a listing for a 2005 VW Rabbit, just a Golf. You might check to see if your VW Rabbit might be a 2006 model. The Draw-Tite Class I Hitch, # 24679, will fit on a 2006 VW Rabbit but not the GTI V6 models. It attaches to the vehicles trunk floor. It has a gross towing weight capacity of 2,000 lbs. and a tongue weight capacity of 200 lbs. With the # 24679 hitch if you will be towing you will need the...
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  • What is the Correct Ball Mount for a 2007 Volkswagen new Beetle
  • The correct ball mount for any Class I or Class II trailer hitch should be listed in the hitch instructions from the manufacturer. You have to use the ball mount the hitch manufacturer states because it is the optimal option for that hitch and vehicle combination. For Draw-Tite hitch # 24679, the correct ball mount is # 3593 and you can use pin and clip # PC2. For Curt hitch # 11066 the correct ball mount is # C45510. However, the Curt hitch and Hidden Hitch # 60902 come with the correct...
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  • 2006 VW New Beetle Convertible Gas Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation
  • I have a hitch that will fit your 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle, but the Hidden Hitch part # 24679 that you referenced is designed for newer Beetles than what you have so I would not recommend it for you. You would want the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 24679. This is a Class I hitch that could carry your two bikes easily. I attached an install video for you to check out. Anybody with a decent mechanical inclination could install this hitch. There is no welding required, if you are uncomfortable...
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  • Trailer Hitch And Bike Rack Recommendation To Carry One Mountain Bike On A 1998 Volkswagen Beetle
  • On your 1998 Volkswagen Beetle I would recommend the Draw-Tite Class I 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 24679. This is a Class I 1-1/4 inch hitch that has a maximum tongue weight rating of 200 lbs. You will only be able to carry a maximum of two bikes on a Class I hitch. Since you are looking to only carry one bike this hitch will work fine for you. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the Draw-Tite hitch. The Swagman XC 2 Bike Carrier, part # S64650, is a good choice to...
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch # 24679 Fit on a 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
  • Convertibles are not typically compatible with trailer hitches due to the additional support braces attached to the frame for the convertible top, so I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite and he told me that while they have not specifically tested the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, # 24679, on a 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible, they have not received any fit issues of this hitch with a convertible. I have attached the installation instructions of this hitch for you to check...
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  • Would the Swagman XTC-2 Work on a 2003 VW New Beetle Convertible
  • You will first need a hitch, but yes, the Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 that you referenced would work on your 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible. For a hitch I would recommend the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 24679. I attached install videos for both products for you to check out also.
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  • Availability of Cargo Carrier For 2003 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
  • I would not have any roof cargo carriers or roof cargo bags that would be able to mount to the convertible roof of your 2003 Volkswagen Beetle. The convertible roof is not designed to carry any amount of weight. I would recommend to use a hitch and a hitch cargo carrier to carry any extra cargo on your Beetle. The hitch would be the Draw-Tite Class I 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 24679. This hitch has a 200-lb tongue weight capacity. You will want to check your owners manual or with...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2007 Volkwagen Rabbit
  • For your 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit you would want a Draw Tite Hitch part # 24825. This hitch has been confirmed to fit your vehicle. The Draw Tite Hitch # 24679 that you referenced is a fit for other Volkswagen vehicles but not your Rabbit so I would not recommend it for you.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2002 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo
  • The only real difference between the two hitches you referenced is that the Draw Tite # 24679 does not come with a ball mount, whereas the Hidden Hitch # 60902 does come with one. Since all you need a hitch for is to carry a bike rack the Draw Tite would be a better option. The bike rack I would recommend is the Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670. This rack will carry your two bikes easily and since it is a platform rack the style of frame you have won't matter or require you to...
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  • Draw Tite Hitch # 24679 Recommendation for a 2004 VW New Beetle GLX Turbo
  • You are correct, this Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch # 24679 will work on your 2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLX. The only model this hitch will not work on is the Turbo S and since that is not what you have you should be good. I attached installation instructions for you to check out.
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 24679 fit a 2008 VW Golf City
  • Yes, the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch # 24679 that you referenced is confirmed to fit your 2008 Volkswagen City Golf. I attached installation instructions and an install video for you to check out also.
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  • Will the Thule DoubleTrack Platform Bike Rack Work on a 2006 Volkswagen Beetle with Turbo Diesel
  • Yes, the Thule Platform Bike Rack, # TH990XT, will work on your 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle with turbo diesel engine. To use this rack you will need to install a receiver hitch like the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, # 24679, which is compatible with the New Beetle with turbo option. We have installation videos and I have linked installation instructions for the bike rack and hitch for you to review.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Turbo
  • If your 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle turbo is not an S model then you can install a trailer hitch, # 24679. There are currently no hitch options for the Turbo S models, only the regular Turbo models. You could then use a bike rack that is compatible with a Class I trailer hitch. I recommend the Swagman Trailhead, # S63360. It can fold down, it has anti-sway cradles, and the rise in the shank provides more ground clearance. I do not recommend a trunk mount rack because of the spoiler....
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
  • I would recommend a hitch and hitch mount bike rack for your 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible. Because there is no place to secure the top straps of a trunk mounted bike rack, none of the manufacturers carry a trunk mount that is recommended for the convertible models. The Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, # 24679, along with the Swagman XTC-2, # S64670, platform 2 bike rack would be an excellent setup for transporting bikes with your Beetle.
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  • Installation Instructions for the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24679 on a 2006 VW New Beetle
  • I attached a link to the installation instructions to the right as well as an install video that should help you.
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Fit a 2000 Volkswagen Golf 1.8 Liter Turbo
  • According to Draw-Tite, Hitch # 24679 will fit a 2000 Volkswagen Golf including turbo models (GTI). I have included a link to the installation details for you to view so you can determine if anything under the vehicle will interfere with the hitch. If you plan on doing some towing, the correct ball mount is # 3594 and you can use pin and clip # PC2. For a ball use # 19256 (1-7/8 inch diameter) or # 19258 (2 inch diameter). For trailer wiring, use harness # 119178KIT. I have included...
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  • How to Carry Bikes on a 2009 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
  • There is a way to carry bikes on your 2009 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible but no trunk mount carriers will fit. What you can do is use a trailer hitch and hitch mounted bike carrier. If this sounds like a feasible option then I recommend Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24679. This is a Class I trailer hitch so it will work well carrying one bike. As a Class I hitch you will need to look at Class I compatible bike carriers. For an inexpensive carrier that is compatible I recommend the Let's...
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  • Bike Carrying Recommendations for 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
  • Because none of our trunk mount bike rack manufacturers offer a bike rack that's compatible with the Convertible Beetle model, you'll need to go with a hitch and a hitch mounted bike rack. I'd recommend the Draw-Tite Class I hitch, part # 24922 which is a fit for your vehicle, unless it's an 'R' model. I've linked you to the most popular hitch mounted bike racks among VW Beetle owners. The Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 is one of the most popular racks because it's so easy to use, and because...
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  • Bike Carrying Options for 1991 BMW 318ic, 2000 VW Golf and 2000 VW Passat Wagon
  • Once the Curt # C11514 hitch was installed on the 1991 BMW 3 series convertible, a rack designed to be held on with a trailer ball, like Swagman's # S64095 would be your best choice. The # 19256 would hold the rack onto the fixed drawbar of the hitch. For your 2000 VW Golf, I'd recommend the Draw-Tite # 24679, and for the 2000 Passat Wagon, I'd recommend the Draw-Tite # 24698 hitch. As you mentioned, the last two hitches are Class I rated with a 1-1/4 inch receiver. Both the bike...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle
  • The Draw Tite hitch part # 24679 that you referenced is the correct hitch for your 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle so it would be the right choice. The thing about Class I hitches like this hitch is that you can only use the recommended ball mount for the hitch otherwise you void the warranty of the hitch. Draw Tite says that you have to use the part # 3593 as a ball mount in the rise position so that is the only one I can recommend for you. For a hitch ball you could not use the part # C40031...
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  • Which Trailer Hitch Is Least Visible When Installed On 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle
  • We have the dimensions for 2 of the 3 hitches that are designed to fit your 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle. The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 60902, measures 7-1/4 inches from the ground to the top of the receiver tube, and 5-1/2 inches from the hitch pin hole to the back of the bumper. The Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, part # 24679, measures 7-5/8 inches from the top of the receiver to the ground and 4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back edge of the bumper,...
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Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
2,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
200 lbs.


Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution


Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 24679 Installation instructions 24679 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
Drilling required for installation , Trunk access required for hitch installation , Minor heat shield modification may be required

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time



Recommended Wiring:
wiring 119178KIT
119178KIT

Recommended Ball Mount:
Draw-Tite recommends:
Draw-Tite 3593
3593


1-7/8" hitch ball - 19256


2" hitch ball - 19258

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